Back from a week at spring training and ready to jump into rankings. We'll do most of these in two parts. Without further ado, here are the catchers:

1. Joe Mauer, Twins

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He won the batting title last year, hitting at a .347 clip and signed a four-year, $33 million extension in the offseason. Mauer's got a sweet swing, tremendous sideburns and a Tom Emanski-like commercial. At 23-years-old, look for his power numbers to improve in 2007.

2. Brian McCann, Braves

He's 23-years-old and led all catchers with 24 homers in '06. McCann also showed consistency, hitting over .300 in every month. His average will probably drop from last year's mark (.333), but his power won't let you down -- McCann hit 18 homers after the All-Star break.

3. Victor Martinez, Indians

If you want a sure thing, you probably have Martinez ranked ahead of McCann, as he's been the most consistent fantasy catcher around over the past three years. Despite a drop-off in homers last season (16), Martinez set a career-high with a .316 average. He's tallied at least 520 at-bats in each of the past three seasons.

4. Jorge Posada, Yankees

At 35-years-old, he's certainly not in his prime, but Posada is still better than most. No catcher had more RBIs than Posada (93) last season and he was tied for second in the majors among catchers with 23 bombs. He'll likely slow down significantly at some point over the next three years, but I'm banking on him having at least one more productive year left.

5. Ramon Hernandez, Orioles

He set career-highs with 23 homers, 91 RBIs and 29 doubles in '06. Only Posada, Martinez and McCann drove in more runs. Hernandez also eclipsed 500 at-bats for the first time in his career. The O's attempted to address their backup catcher spot in the offseason, but Hernandez still wants to be in the lineup everyday.

6. Mike Piazza, Athletics

The veteran shifts to the American League for the first time at the age of 38. Piazza will be used primarily as a designated hitter in Oakland. He showed solid power last year, slamming 22 homers to go along with a .283 average -- and this came in tough Petco Park. Piazza hitting more than 25 homers would not be surprising.

7. Michael Barrett, Cubs

He was one of only three catchers (McCann and Martinez) to hit over .300 with at least 15 homers last season. The catch is Barrett had just 375 at-bats because of various injuries. I have him higher than most, but you can't argue with a guy who clocked A.J. Pierzynski and has hit exactly 16 homers in each of the past three seasons. He's also a free agent at the end of the season, meaning he could be playing for a big payday.

8. Kenji Johjima, Mariners

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In his first year, Johjima set an American League record for hits by a rookie catcher with 147. He finished the year with a solid .291 average after batting .295 post All-Star break. Johjima also showed some pop, hitting 18 homers and 76 RBIs, while striking out just 46 times. He has the potential to be a top-five catcher.

9. Russell Martin, Dodgers

At 24-years-old, he's a pretty good sleeper candidate. In Martin's rookie year, he hit .282 with 10 homers and 65 RBIs (415 ABs). He's not expected to put up big power numbers, but Martin makes up for it with his speed as he stole 10 bases in '06.

10. Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers

The 35-year-old veteran won't put up the power numbers he once did (35 homers, 113 RBIs in 1999), but the future Hall of Famer can still produce. Pudge has hit .300 or better in two of the last three seasons and has managed more than 500 at-bats in each of the last four seasons.

Click here for the rest of the catchers.

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